Welcome to Mingun


A Sagaing–Mingun fee (K3000) is half-heartedly collected on the eastern side of Mingun Paya. In peak season this might be checked at the Mingun Bell.

From November to February, little Mingun can feel overloaded with visitors (especially before 1pm, when most tourist boats return to Mandalay). But drink sellers and oil-painting vendors are easily avoided by walking behind the monuments on the dusty paths to the west. Views from these paths are most attractive in the afternoon, when sunlight illuminates the west-facing side of Mingun Paya.


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$90.31 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Mingun and Ancient Capitals of Mandalay Tour

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay at 7:30-8am. From here, you will travel to Mingun. Mingun is home to the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell, the largest brick base Pathodawgyi Padoda and Myatheindan Pagoda with a distinctive architectural style modelled after the mythical Mount Meru (Myinmo taung).  You will then continue to Sagaing (the ancient capital of Shan and Myanmar Kingdoms) and visit Sunn Oo Ponya Shin on the tranquil Sagaing Hill. Also drop by at a local silverware cottage industry if time allows. Enjoy lunch in at a local restaurant in Sagaing before leaving for Inwa (also known as Ava), a former royal capital of Myanmar Kingdom on the confluence of the Ayeyarwaddy River and Myitnge River.   After crossing the Myitnge River by a small ferry boat, we will take a horse cart to explore the ruins of the old royal capital including the watchtower, the 27m tall leaning tower of the old royal palace, Maha Aungmye Bonzan monastery (also known as Me Nu Oak Kyaung) built of brick in traditional style with elaborated stucco ornamentations that looks like carvings and the Bargaya monastery, a splendid teak wood monastery with wood curving. Your last destination today is the Amarapura. It was the royal capital of Myanmar twice, from 1783 to 1821 and 1842 to 1859, during the Konbaung era before finally being superseded by Mandalay. If time permits, you will visit Amarapura Silk Weaving work shop or a handicraft workshop before heading to U Bein Bridge to explore the local way of life and enjoy the sunset before returning to your hotel in Mandalay.

$1079 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Night Myanmar Private Tour with Flights from Yangon

Day 1: Yangon full day tour Meet a driver upon arrival in Yangon. If time allows, short circular train ride to Yangon Central Railway Station, visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, walking tour around Yangon's colonial-era buildings, afternoon visit to Bogyoke Market, Kandawgyi Park, sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda.  Day 2: Full day tour around Ancient Bagan (B)  Meet a driver at your hotel, and transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Bagan. Visit Nyaung U Local Market, Shwezigon Pagoda, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi , Htilominlo Temple, and Tharaba Gate by horse cart tour. After afternoon check-in and a rest, continue to Ananda, Ananda Okkyaung, Thatbyinnyu Temple, Shwe Gu Gyi Temple, Gawdawpalin Temple, and Dhammayangyi Temple, catching the beautiful sunset of Bagan.Day 3: Mt.Popa (B)  After breakfast at the hotel, visit to Toddy plam, jaggery making. Continue to Popa Taung Kalat, an extinct Volcano over 1500 meters high summit, about 48 km south east of Bagan. After the visit, leisure at the the hotel and take a sunset river cruise in the Ayeyarwaddy river. Day 4: Sagaing - Mingun boat trip  (B)  After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Mandalay. Continue to Sagaing Hill, Soon U Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thonesal Pagoda. Evening boat trip to Mingun, the unfinished Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Mingun Bell, and Myatheindan (hsinbyume) pagoda. Day 5: Amarapura - Mandalay city tour (B)  After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Maha Gandayone Monastery, the teak U Bein bridge, and Mahamuni Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit to Yadanarbon Market, the Shwenandaw Monastery, Atumashi Monastery, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, catching panoramic views of Mandalay from Mandalay Hill.  Day 6: Shan State Wineries (B)  This morning flight to Heho airport. Visit to Aye Thar Yar Vineyard near Taungyyi and next to Inle Heritage by boat, In the Evening visit to Red Mountain Winery, enjoy scenic view to Inle Lake and beautiful sunset. Day 7: Inle Lake (B)  Take a full day tour of Inle Lake by private boat, taking in villages, the unique leg-rowing style of local fishermen, and floating gardens. The tour also includes visits to the silver smith factory, the silk weaving village, the Cheroot making factory, the boat making workshop, and the jumping cat monastery, as well as Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda.  Day 8: Inle Lake – Yangon (B)  In the morning, transfer to Heho airport for a flight to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to hotel, free at Leisure at the evening. Day 9: Yangon Departure (B)  A driver will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the airport, where this tour concludes.

$93 Private & Custom Tours

Private Full-Day Mandalay and Mingun Tour, Including Boat Ride

Join this tour for different experience in Mingun and Mandalay. After breakfast, boat trip to Mingun (Just 12 KM on the west bank upstream from Mandalay). Upon arrival, visit to PondawPaya (A five meter high working model for gigantic structure). SettawyaPaya(the valued shrine with a footprint of the Buddha). Mingun PahtotawgyiPaya(one of the world’s largest chides built by BodawPaya).Mingun Bell (the World renowned ringing, 90tons weight). HsinbyumePaya(a representation of the Sulamani Pyay which stands atop Mt.Meru .Return to Mandalay. And then visit to Mahamuni Pagoda the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15cm thickness of gold leaf) ShwenandawKyaung or Golden Palace Monastery (a superb traditional wooden building)Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as the world's biggest book)Excursion to gold pounding work shop. Then climb up to the Mandalay Hill to see sunset on the Irrawaddy River and Mandalay City view. Overnight at Mandalay.And transfer to hotel you are staying in Mandalay.

$75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mandalay Countryside, Villages Private Tour plus Lunch, Pickup

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, Mingun, Sagaing RegionThe Mingun Pahtodawgyi is an incomplete monument stupa in Mingun, approximately 10 kilometres northwest of Mandalay in Sagaing Region in central Myanmar. The ruins are the remains of a massive construction project begun by King Bodawpaya in 1790 which was intentionally left unfinished.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Mingun Bell, Mingun, Sagaing RegionThe Mingun Bell is a bell located in Mingun, Sagaing Region, Myanmar. It is located approximately 10 km north of Mandalay on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River. It was the heaviest functioning bell in the world at several times in history.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun, Sagaing RegionThe Hsinbyume Pagoda is a large pagoda on the northern side of Mingun in Sagaing Region in Myanmar, on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River. It is approximately 10 kilometres northwest of Mandalay and is located in the proximity of the Mingun Pahtodawgyi.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sagaing Hill, Sagaing, Sagaing RegionSagaing is the capital city of Sagaing Region. Located on the on the Irrawaddy River, 20 km to the south-west of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the river. The pagodas and monasteries crowd the numerous hills along the ridge running parallel to the river. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: U Min Thonze Caves, Sagaing, Sagaing RegionU Min Thonze Pagoda is one of the most distinctive complexes on the main hill top of Sagaing. U Min means caves and Thonze means thirty .Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Innwa, Amarapura, Mandalay RegionLocal way of making cheroot by hand in Ava and that use to make by female. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Bagaya Monastery, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionThe Bagaya Monastery, located in Inwa, Mandalay Region, Burma is a Buddhist monastery built on the southwest of Inwa Palace. This magnificent monastery is also known as Maha Waiyan Bontha Bagaya Monastery.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Yadana Hsemee Pagoda, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionYadanar Semi Pagodas is located in Innwa, The most photogenic view and a must see place in Innwa.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionMaha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, commonly known as the Me Nu Brick Monastery, is a historic Buddhist monastery in Inwa, Mandalay Region, Myanmar. The monastery was built by Queen Nanmadaw Me Nu in 1818 to serve as the residence of her religious preceptor, the Nyaunggan Sayadaw.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Nanmyin Watch Tower, Amarapura, Mandalay RegionNan Myint Tower is the sole surviving structure of King Bagyidaw's royal palace at Inwa (Ava), probably constructed beginning in 1821 when the capital was moved here from nearby Amarapura.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: U Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Mandalay RegionU Bein Bridge is one of the most recognizable places for sunset in Myanmar. It was built in 19th century, connecting Innwa and Amarapura township between Taungthaman Lake. It is the oldest teakwood bridge in the world.Duration: 1 hour

$45.60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mandalay Mingun Sagaing Inwa Day Return Tour

Itinerary detail; 07:00: Pick up from your hotel and drive to Mingun, a rual village. 08:30: Arrive to Mingun and visit the village of Mingun. And continue to visit Pondawphaya, Settawya, Pahtodawgyi Pagodas and Legendary Mingun Bell which weighs around 55555Viss (90 tons). The bell was one of the biggest bell in the world. 11:00: Depart from Mingun and drive to Sagaing. 12:00: Arrival to Sagaing Hill where you can enjoy the panoramic view at the top of the hill cover with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Sagaing. 14:00: Depart from Sagaing and continue to Inwa. 14:30: Arrive to Inwa (also known as Ava), a former royal capital of Myanmar Kingdom located on the confluence of the Irrawaddy River and Myitnge River. You can enjoy horse cart for the visit and learn about historic of Myanmar’s famous old capital. 17:30: Return back to Mandalay.

$53 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Mandalay-Mingun Day Trip on Boat

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Mandalay, Mandalay Region08:00 Pick up from your hotel and drive to Mandalay Hill.08:30 Arrive to Mandalay Hill, where you can visit to Su Taung Pyae Pagoda and experience the panoramic view of the city.09:30 Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, known for the world largest book. It was surrounded by hundred of stone tablet.10:30 Depart from Kuthodaw Pagoda and move to Mingun Jetty. 11:00 Start boat trip to Mingun. While crusing along the fascinating scenes of Ayarwaddy, enjoy an aperitif on the upper deck.12:30 Lunch on Cruise. Arrive to Mingun and visit the village of Mingun. And continue to visit pondawphaya, Settawya, Pahtodawgyi Pagodas and Legendary Mingun Bell which weighs around 55555Viss (90 tons). The bell was one of the biggest bell in the world.17:00 come back on board and return to Mandalay. You can watch the sunset onboard on the way Back to Mandalay.18:30 Arrive to Mandalay and transport to hotelDuration: 6 hours